Collective Efficacy: How Educators’ Beliefs Impact Student Learning

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3 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Work Together to Increase Student Achievement

Education is ever-changing and developing. At the beginning and end of the school year, there are professional development opportunities that engage the staff and help support new ideas. Educators can get caught up with testing, meetings, and grading and now a health crisis and the great new ideas go by the wayside. Working on zoom and from home can be discouraging. This is when educators need to come together to help their students. The idea of collective efficacy is not new but has started to gain recognition. Working together for the greater good of the students and the school overall can help boost student achievement. As with a sports team where the coaches and players implement a game plan to win the game, schools’ staff need to work together, no matter the obstacles, to best support student achievement. Staffs that work together can be more productive if they have a common goal. "Educators with high efficacy show greater effort and persistence, a willingness to try new approaches and attend more closely to the needs of students who are not progressing." (Donohoo, 2017). Students may have difficulties with technology, working from home attending classes, or working through childhood trauma. Educators can meet students where they are and build positive relationships and help students through difficult times to increase student achievement.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for K-12 educators interested in planning customized curriculum and/or lesson plans.

Course Materials: Text, Collective Efficacy: How Educators' Beliefs Impact Student Learning by Jenni Donohoo available at (save with the electronic version of text (e-textbook)), or your local bookstore

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EDU-X715S – 010 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $504

Collective Efficacy: How Educators’ Beliefs Impact Student Learning

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Justin Berenson

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What You Will Learn

  • Understand the importance of teacher collective efficacy
  • Increase teacher willingness to try new approaches to student learning
  • Create a positive climate where teachers have knowledge of one another's work
  • Promote collaborative teacher inquiry and peer coaching
  • Develop a team approach of shared knowledge and understandings


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